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UNICEF/UNI182870/Bindra
Background Reports

Global Governance and the Limits of Health Security

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has exposed the limits of the current approach to the global governance of infectious diseases, which mixes public health and security interests. International efforts to strengthen ‘health security’ quickly faltered when confronted with weak…
IDS
2005
UNICEF/UN026544/Parry
Background Reports

Food Strategy of Batwa Pygmies in Lake Tumba Landscape, Democratic Republic of Congo

The Pygmies are knowledgeable of the virtues of the biodiversity of their environment, including the food value ofthese species. This study report on food strategy developed by the Batwa and is based on a rich biodiversity. The authors conducted a household…
International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies
2015
UNICEF/UN014699/Bonnaud
Background Reports

Extending the “Social”: Anthropological Contributions to the Study of Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers

Emerging Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers (VHFs) offer a frontier for a “One-Health” research agenda; the joined-up, or collaborative, effort of multiple disciplines to attain optimal health for people, animals, and the environment (e.g. http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/). Multidisciplinary work on Lassa Fever and Ebola…
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
2015
UNICEF | UN0216104 | Shadid
Briefings

Ethical Considerations in the Conduct of Research on Therapies for the Prevention and Treatment of Ebola Virus Disease in Developing Countries

The devastating toll of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa necessitates considerations of new approaches to research into new prevention technologies and treatments for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Research must be planned and delivered in consultation with civil society from…
PanAfrican Medical Journal
2015
UNICEF/UNI178619/Ratnam

Epidemics and Resistance in Colonial Sierra Leone during the First World War

Regional and global disease epidemics, which followed in the wake of the First World War, became the crucial tipping point in the balance between resistance and accommodation that had been established between the British colonial administration and newly colonized people…
Canadian Journal of African Studies
2012
UNICEF | UN0215063 | Naftalin
Background Reports

Epidemics (Especially Ebola)

Anthropology’s response to the West African Ebola epidemic was one of the most rapid and expansive anthropological interventions to a global health emergency in the discipline’s history. This article sets forth the size and scale of the anthropological response and…
Annual Review of Anthropology
2017
UNICEF/UNI167963/Dunlop
Briefings

“We are the heroes because we are ready to die for this country”: Participants’ Decision-Making and “Grounded Ethics” in an Ebola Vaccine Clinical Trial

The 2014–2016 Ebola epidemic presented a challenging setting in which to carry out clinical trials. This paper reports findings from social science research carried out in Kambia, Northern Sierra Leone during first year of an Ebola vaccine trial (August 2015–July…
Social Science and Medicine
2018
UNICEF/UNI167507/Jallanzo
Background Reports

Engaging ‘Communities’: Anthropological Insights from the West African Ebola Epidemic

The recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa highlights how engaging with the sociocultural dimensions of epidemics is critical to mounting an effective outbreak response. Community engagement was pivotal to ending the epidemic and will be to post-Ebola recovery, health system…
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society
UNICEF/UN014699/Bonnaud
Background Reports

Emerging Disease or Emerging Diagnosis?: Lassa Fever and Ebola in Sierra Leone

It has become routine to attribute the tragedy of the West African Ebola epidemic to inexperience and lack of knowledge. The states and citizens of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone were portrayed as entirely unfamiliar with Ebola and therefore without…
Anthropological Quarterly
2017
UNICEF | UN0215063 | Naftalin
Background Reports

Ebola Through a Glass, Darkly: Ways of Knowing the State and Each Other

The Ebola epidemic unfolded in radically divergent manners in two neighboring villages in Sierra Leone, with one recording 40 cases and 20 deaths and the other recording zero cases, though they are located only 100 meters apart. Presented with identical…
Anthropological Quarterly
2017
UNICEF/UNI171262/Bindra
Background Reports

Ebola and Lessons for Development

As the Ebola crisis continues to unfold across West Africa and the international community belatedly responds, broader questions arise beyond the immediate challenges on the ground. These fundamentally challenge our understanding of ‘development’ as framed and practised in past decades.…
IDS
UNICEF/UN026544/Parry
Background Reports

Cultural Transmission of Traditional Ecological Knowledge among Batwa Pygmies and Ntomba Bantou in Lake Tumba Landscape, Democratic Republic of Congo

This paper is a case study which aims to examine how today’s techniques related to different livelihood activities, but also in the social field, are acquired and transmitted among Batwa (pygmies) and Ntomba (bantou) communities living in the two villages (Moheli…
International Journal of Innovation and Scientific Research
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